Flash Friday Fiction

In Flight 

She was soaring on wings as light as gossamer, gliding through the warm air currents, feeling them brush along her body as gentle as a child’s sigh in sleep.   Flying, she was free, with only the blue sky above her and the sinuous green river below beckoning like a song.  Come down to drink your fill, play with us here on the shore.  Darting downward, she landed gently, without really touching. At rest now on the rock, she was at peace.  Opening her eyes, she felt the glow of freedom still. 

Sometimes her chemo dreams were really good.

This one is for my sister, Jan. The photo prompt is courtesy of Madison Woods. Her story can be found here, along with links to all the other Flash Friday Fictioneers.

© Erin Leary

31 thoughts on “Flash Friday Fiction

  1. how dare you. you give me that lovely thought, and then you take it all away like that. of course i’m being facetious. well done. best one i’ve read yet. not because of the descriptions or word choices but because of the emotional stab – in a good way.

  2. This is so beautiful and lyrical, but you give it real power with the final line. The combination is incredible – well done. I hope the dreamer manages to hold onto that sensation after she wakes.
    The language is beautiful and the images powerful.

  3. Dreams of flight & freedom are common, but never get old. Nice take on a classic theme. I can imagine they take on a much deeper meaning while you’re going through chemo. Nice job!

  4. Dear Erin,

    I’m with Rich, this is the best one of a swarm of good ones. Rich, lyrical, poetic and, in the end, a gateway to an entire new story. You’ve woven a web of magic for Jan. Good on you.

    Aloha,

    Doug

    (thanks for stopping by my kaleidoscope.)

  5. What a loving tribute to your sister and I hope she really does have such a glow of peace during her chemo dreams. I liked the gossamer wings reference and the gentle way she came down to earth again.

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